With everyone speculating and fantasy booking who the surprise entrants in this weekend’s Royal Rumble are going to be, I’m going to rule at least one person out: Big Dave Batista.
Despite making his WWE return when winning 2014’s Royal Rumble match (screw you Big Dave Batista!), he was still booed out of the building by the crowd. They wanted Daniel Bryan to win, and he wasn’t even at number 30 in the match (screw you Rey Mysterio!)
Sorry Rey, sorry Batista. I know it’s not your faults. As Batista has revealed to DailyDead at the Sundance Film Festival, it’s WWE’s:
“It really sucked. It didn’t have anything to do with me…there was just a lot going on behind the scenes…It was the company, man. They really just screwed me over. I was banging my head against the wall every day. It’s one of those things, I wish people knew how hard I fought to be there and how hard I fought to just give them the best matches and performances that I could. But it was an everyday struggle dealing with the company. It was such a f***ing nightmare.”
Batista also spoke about how he even stayed with the company for an extra month so he could help Evolution put over The Shield. But that didn’t work out too well, either:
“Then right after we built the hell out of them and they were so strong as a unit, they broke them all up. I said, ‘What is wrong with you guys?’”
Even with all that, though, Batista felt like he was hitting his stride again as a heel – which he was so good at. And he had a great long-term plan to return to WWE that Summer right when Guardians of the Galaxy was the number 1 movie in the world:
“Here’s how messed up they are. I said to them, because I wanted to come back for SummerSlam, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I came back right when I’m also in the biggest film in the world?’ Literally, it was Hunter and Stephanie who laughed at me, and Hunter goes, ‘We don’t even know if it’s going to be any good.’ I swear to God. But I wanted to go back for SummerSlam, and they didn’t want me to come back. I think because they thought it was such a failure, that run, and it wasn’t a failure because of me. Sorry, I’m venting now.”
I have a degree in armchair psychology – and to me, that sounds like a bit of professional jealousy from Triple H. I mean, it’s not like WWE have some super high standard of films they do promotional crossovers with. And even if Guardians of the Galaxy was an unproven comic book property, it was still a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie – which consistently churns out ridiculously successful films. Not taking up Batista’s idea must go down as one of WWE’s biggest missed opportunities in recent times.
Another person who definitely isn’t going to be in the Rumble, although he will be on the 20 hour pre-show panel, is Shawn Michaels. Despite loads of teases and rumours that he’ll get in the ring for just one more match, he’s very admirably sticking to his retirement. But of all the opponents people book him in dream matches against – AJ Styles, Seth Rollins – the Heartbreak Kid has someone else in mind:
“I look at Samoa Joe and I’ve told him a number of times that I see his stuff at NXT and think to myself, ‘Man, I could have a great deal of fun with you’…We have contrasting styles…I think really telling a great story out there [is most important]. I could do it with a guy like Samoa Joe.”
To which the Samoan Submission Machine replied:
“I’ll be your huckleberry.”
Which is 19th century slang for “I’m the right person for that job.” Which I totally didn’t Google.
Samoa Joe is widely expected to make his main roster debut in this Sunday’s Royal Rumble match, especially after Dave Meltzer reported he’ll be involved in one of the top matches at Wrestlemania. And now Joe has been added to Wrestlemania 33’s Axxess VIP signing sessions. He’s currently the only NXT roster member listed for the sessions apart from Shinsuke Nakamura the previous night.
Both men were at the event last year, but only in the General Admission sessions.
What do you make of Batista’s comments about his last WWE run? Tell me how you don’t care what he says, you’re still rooting for Daniel Bryan to win the Rumble in the comments below.
You can still buy tickets for Dominant Wrestling this Saturday on the 28th January, and you can watch it broadcast live at the same time with Rey Mysterio, Johnny Mundo, Drew Galloway and more in action on Spike TV in the UK, which can be found on channel 31 on Freeview, 160 on Sky and 154 on Virgin.